Winters in Maine can be brutally cold and inhospitable. The freezing temperatures outside often drive rodents into our homes for refuge. Rodent problems in Maine are no joke. While the small, fuzzy creatures may seem cute in movies or the latest TikTok post, you do not want to see a rodent scampering across your floor at night.
Common Rodent Infestations
Although rodents frequently find their way into your home during the winter months, rodent infestations are not a seasonal problem. Food, water, and shelter can attract them to your home any time of year. The most common types of rodents found in Maine homes are:
Tell-tale signs of a rodent problem include seeing small, dark-brown pellets (waste materials known as droppings) around food sources, in drawers or cupboards, and under the sink. If you see shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter, this may be a pile of nesting material. Also you may spot holes chewed through walls and floors or hear scurrying or gnawing sounds coming from your walls, ceiling, or attic or notice an unusual strong odor.
Dangers Posed by Rodents
Unwanted rodents in your home aren’t just a nuisance. They endanger the health and safety of your home and family.
Health concerns are a serious threat posed by rodents. Rats and mice spread disease through their feces, urine, and saliva. Their dried feces can become airborne dust carrying illness to you or family members. Rodents also carry parasites like fleas and ticks and bring them into your home.
Rodents such as mice, rats, and squirrels can damage your home. They chew holes in walls and flooring causing structural damage and making it easier for bugs like ants, beetles or flies to get in. Rodents also tend to chew on electrical wires which creates a fire hazard. Damage to your home affects its value and can lead to costly repairs.
Mice and rats enjoy burrowing in piles or boxes of clothes and can ruin them by chewing holes and using them as nesting material. Imagine discovering your stored wedding gown has become fodder for a nest of baby rats? They also can get into food pantries or closets, chew holes in food packaging, and have themselves a meal.
Wildlife Removal from Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control
You can prevent rodents from entering your home by sealing holes in and outside of your home and garage. You can make sure basement windows and attic vents are secure. You should store food in thick, tightly-lidded containers, use trash cans with tight-fitting lids, and keep bird feeders and compost piles away from the house. But even the most secure home may miss something. Rodents are opportunists and will take advantage of any small crevice and chew open an entry spot. Once in, they can reproduce and next thing you know you have rodent problems in your Maine home.
If you’re an animal lover and don’t want to kill the critters, Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control is the perfect wildlife removal expert for you. The experts at Maine Bed Bugs and Pest Control adhere to a thoughtful process of wildlife removal. We place humane traps near infested location and once the rodent is caught, the traps are removed from the home. The animals are released back into nature at a significant distance from the home to prevent re-entry.
Maine Bed Bug and Pest Control can safely remove unwanted rodents from your home. We also treat all kinds of other pest problems- like bugs, bees and cockroaches.
For professional rodent removal in the Lewiston and Portland area, call Maine Bed Bug and Pest control at (207) 650-8654.